A brand new quick meals restaurant, Lil’ Chubby’s, will quickly open within the constructing that after housed the Magnificence Plus magnificence retailer at 701 Foremost Road in Pineville.
French fries would be the star of the menu, stated Jorge Rocha, proprietor of Advert Central, who’s opening the brand new restaurant together with his spouse Hayley Jeffus Rocha.
“If you go in there, you get a medley of classics, crinkles, waffles, curleys and tater tots and an entire bunch of dips,” he stated.
Lil’ Chubby’s can be a drive-in model enterprise with no sit-in eating space, as Rocha stated they need to maintain the meals site visitors shifting, although they do plan to have a boutique within the restaurant as nicely.
“At the least now we are able to say we’ve a diner on Foremost Road. Certain, we’ve Southern Creations and Po Boy Specific, however they’re on each side,” stated Jorge Rocha, proprietor of Advert Central, who’s opening the brand new eatery together with his spouse, Hayley Jeffus Rocha.
And with Rainbow Drive connecting to US 165, vacationers now have one other place to eat, he stated.
Rocha stated opening hours can be 11am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and after church on Sundays, solely through the Sunday “lunch” interval.
What’s going to set Lil’ Chubby’s other than different quick meals eating places is that it will likely be an employee-focused enterprise.
“Let me let you know what I imply by that,” Rocha stated.
Greater than 75 p.c of the constructing can be for the staff. They may have their very own bogs, bathe rooms, a small on-site gymnasium, an employee-only workplace with a pc and Wi-Fi, and an worker kitchen the place they’ll eat. There may even be a free washer and dryer for them to make use of.
Rocha stated some individuals assume these are extreme provisions for quick meals staff. However, he defined, many of the workers can be college students, adults who could also be in the midst of a profession change or seniors who should work to make ends meet.
“We’re attempting to develop a enterprise that’s, in a means, a bit of extra human than the usual sort within the quick meals business,” he defined. “I stay up for individuals feeling snug working in a quick meals restaurant.”
The Lil’ Chubby’s can be small and use cutting-edge touchscreen fryers.
“There is not one in all these fryers in Cenla. It is like utilizing an iPhone: it reduces the variety of exercises by 50 p.c and the variety of accidents by 85 p.c,” stated Rocha.
Workers should not have to the touch the oil to fry the fries.
He stated the fryer will pump the used cooking oil into tanks and a truck will choose up the previous oil and put new oil in one other tank.
“That I feel when you get into the quick meals business, it should be such a life saver as a result of it should be safer, it should be tremendous excessive tech, tremendous protected and it is simply not messy,” he says. stated.
As a result of the fryers are totally automated, Rocha needs workers to work in a spot the place they do not really feel cramped, are protected and might have some enjoyable.
The decor could have an “old school” theme paying homage to the times of soda fountains, the place workers wore paper hats and half aprons, he stated.
The previous constructing has lots of historical past, Rocha stated, including that it could be nearly 100 years previous, however it’s in excellent situation and so they stay up for bringing again the “previous spirit”.
“We’ve got been engaged on that constructing for some time, six months already,” says Rocha.
After eradicating the ceiling tiles, they found tongue and groove ceilings and metallic beams that they needed to depart uncovered. Additionally they plan to do the identical with the unique brickwork on the within of the constructing. There are additionally some previous bars they found on a number of the home windows that they need to maintain as nicely.
The “Paul’s Barber & Magnificence Shoppe” and “Drink Morning Deal with Espresso” murals subsequent to the constructing will stay untouched, Rocha stated.
“That is all historical past,” he stated.
Purposes will be discovered on Lil’ Chubby’s web site, which can be operational in a couple of weeks.
This text initially appeared on Alexandria City Speak: New Quick Meals Restaurant in Pineville Specializing in French Fries and Worker Welfare